Neill May

Neill May

Neill May is a partner at Goodmans LLP in Toronto focusing on securities law, with an emphasis on M&A and corporate finance. The opinions expressed in his articles are those of the author alone.

He can be reached by email.

Third-party beneficiaries and nougat

A Delaware decision shows the challenges of enforcing promises to preserve elements of an acquired business, writes Neill May

The subsidiary entity exposure conundrum

The subsidiary entity exposure conundrum

Recent decisions on piercing the corporate veil exemplify how doing the right thing can often be wrong, argues Neill May

That’s what proxies are for

On occasion, we are slow to adapt to innovations. This can be attributed to habit, adherence to tradition and/or confusion. I suffer all three when it comes to revolving doors (for me, this counts as innovation).

It’s right there in the agreement

Advising on the negotiation of a complex acquisition agreement can trigger some existential questions.

Challenging dissent proceedings

Nobody can be an expert at absolutely everything, despite what my web bio may suggest. Aside from being impossible, it wouldn’t leave any time for just relaxing — or “executive time” in the language of the U.S. president’s calendar.

Root for the Forum Conveniens Team

Home court advantage is a much-discussed critical advantage in sports. In other contexts, home court also has clear benefits, including familiarity, efficiency and convenience.

A short story about short selling

When Randy Newman famously sang “short people got no reason to live,” he was parodying baseless prejudices, in that case against the vertically challenged. However, his lyrics would probably resonate with some issuers had they been prompted to focus on “short sellers,” who profit from share price reductions.

Green eggs and securities ham

There are countless inspirational sayings, profound parables and charming children’s tales about co-operation. And there are comparatively few on constitutional law.

A meal of material adverse changes

The term “MAC” appears, it seems, as often in M&A transaction agreements as it does in McDonald’s restaurants worldwide.

The population of misrepresentation

Part of what confuses the definition of misrepresentation is the different contexts in which it is considered.